On Intellectual Property Rights

I mean.. Come on….

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Today I learned that the most prestigious writing competition in the Philippines, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, revised some of its rules, rules pertaining specifically to rights over property and ownership of entries sent to the award-giving body by contestants—-Filipino writers, budding, up and coming, seasoned, and veterans alike.

The organizers of the Palanca Awards had a stroke of brilliance and instituted rules that state, in plain words: anyone who enters the contest thereby surrenders copyright and all intellectual property rights over their entry piece. This means that the sponsors (Palanca Awards and their cohorts) can use all the literary pieces sent to them in whatever way they want: be it using the material to publish anthologies or novels and whatnot, adapting the stories into television programs or movies, translating the scripts from page to the stage, copying excerpts or even entire poems and turning…

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